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Lions Clubs International Pledges $30M To GAVI Alliance Measles Vaccination Program

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, David Ferreira, managing director for innovative finance and head of the Washington, D.C., office at the GAVI Alliance, reflects on a recent trip to Hamburg, Germany, for the 96th convention of Lions Clubs International, “a worldwide service organization that helps raise money to improve people’s lives around the world.” Ferreira notes that “the organization made an extraordinary announcement: Lions Clubs worldwide will raise $30 million for GAVI’s measles vaccination programs.” He writes, “Since 2013, GAVI has combined the measles vaccine with one against rubella (German measles), and GAVI plans to provide it to more than 700 million children in 49 countries by 2020, an effort the Lions Clubs now supports.” And he notes that, through an initiative called the GAVI Matching Fund, the U.K. Department for International Development and the Gates Foundation “would match — and therefore double — the Lions’ donation to GAVI” (7/22).